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Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.

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Childhood Studies with Special Needs Assistant

Course Code(s):  5M2009
QQI Award Code:  5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Portlaoise College

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2009
QQI Award Code 5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to develop the communication, intellectual, practical and caring skills essential for people working with children (0-6 years). This course offers the opportunity to gain a childcare and Special Needs Assistant qualification.

What will you Study?

Child Development 5N1764
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Work Experience 5N1356
Customer Service 5N0972
Creative Arts for Early Childhood 5N1769
Special Needs Assisting 5N1786
Word Processing 5N1358
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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DCHSC 5M2009

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